Carl Gustafson graduated from Newcastle Upon Tyne College of Art. Together with his wife Marienne Klode - who also is an artist, graduated from the Kolding School of Design - he has done several exhibitions both in Denmark, England and Holland.
In 1989, the couple received the Formland Prize for porcelain production, which opened several doors - among other exhibitions in France, Japan and the United States.
Carl Gustafson’s work is inspired by the traditions of his native England as well as the Scandinavian expression.
For several years Carl Gustafson mostly produced functional pottery, but today his work is focused on unique stoneware and raku firing in particular. The essential is not only shape but equally the simple decoration. Over the years, the couple have developed a variety of glazes and slips, which fits perfectly with the simple shapes of their work.
Raku is centuries-old Japanese and Korean burning technique for ceramics. It was especially used in the Japanese tea ceremonies, where teacups were made - and drank - in the course of a few hours. Raku glazes are often fractured, which are referred to as Crazing. These crackle glazes are enhanced by the post firing smoking of Raku pots that embeds carbon into the crackles of the glaze.
1984: York City Art Gallery
Sunderland Art Centre
1985: Cleveland Crafts Centre
Darlington Crafts Centre
1986: Galleri De Vier Linden, Holland
Marie Jordan Gallery, England
1987: Galleri Kwartjin, Amsterdam, Holland
Booth House Gallery, England
Shipley Art Gallery, England
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, England
1988: New Elvet Gallery, England
1989: Modtog Formlandsprisen for porcelænproduktion, Herning
1990: Galleri Nouvelle, Marseille, Frankring
Scandinavian Fair, Tokyo Japan
1991: Boutique Danoise, Paris, Frankrig
Galleri Das Schone, Berlin, Tyskland
Gallery A Horse of a Different Color, Florida, USA
1992: NP3 Kunstforening, Aarhus
1993: Kulturforvaltningen, Aarhus
1994-94: Diverse kunstforeninger i Danmark
1995: Kunstnernes Påskeudstilling, Aarhus
1996: Festival of the Arts, Belsay Hall, England
1997: Cleveland Crafts Centre, England
1998: Castle Gallery, Cockermouth, England
1999: Skanderborg Kulturhus
2000: IDA-huset, København
2001: Odder Sygehus
2002: Ebeltoft Kunstforening
Tetrapack Kunstforenng, Aarhus
2003: Kunstforeningen på Psykologisk Hospital, Risskov
2004: Silkeborg Rådhus
2005: Aarhus Kommunehospital